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National collegiate archery champion is new SIC coach

  • Alli Armstrong is the new coach of Southeastern Illinois College's nationally ranked archery team.

    Alli Armstrong is the new coach of Southeastern Illinois College's nationally ranked archery team.
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By Melody Bryant
SIC Media Services
updated: 8/30/2017 11:06 AM

HARRISBURG -- Two-time national collegiate champion and academic all-American, Alli Armstrong, is now behind the wheel of Southeastern Illinois College's nationally-ranked archery team. As head coach of the team, Armstrong takes over from Archie Blair, who led the Falcons through their first five years of competition.

"The college is absolutely thrilled that Alli has agreed to take the leadership role of such an outstanding and nationally recognized program," said Blair, who will continue in an advisory capacity during the transition period.

From 2015-2017, Armstrong was a member of Southeastern Illinois College's 3-D archery team, where she won two gold medals, one silver and one bronze in varsity Division I competition. She holds two all-American titles and an Academic all-American title.

"She brings to her new role extensive experience not only in competitive collegiate and pro-am archery but also in the outdoor industry," Blair said.

Along with coaching, Armstrong is the lead instructor for SIC's outdoor recreation certificate program, which gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to lead, plan and administer outdoor recreation programs in a variety of career areas.

"Alli is a great addition," said President Jonah Rice. "She has great business and communication skills which will add to our existing staff on our exciting work in Advancement activities, including outdoor recreation fundraising, as well as work with our national archery team and recreation activities,"

Armstrong, who will graduate next month from Southern New Hampshire University, comes to SIC with a wealth of experience in archery and the outdoors. A member of the board of directors of the U.S. Collegiate Archery Association, she also is the CEO of Grace, Camo and Lace, an outdoor film and product company based in Elizabethtown. She hunts with a gun and bow and holds two turkey grand slams. She is also an accomplished outdoors writer.

Armstrong currently hosts her own television show, "Grace Camo and Lace," which airs on both the Sportsman Channel and Hunt Channel TV. She also hosts a segment on North American Whitetail TV.

For information on SIC's archery team, contact Armstrong at (618) 252-5400 ext. 2104 or at

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